I have a compressed disc and the doctors suggested an inversion table as physical therapy before my next options, which are injections and surgery. They said gravity caused the problem and they thought gravity, in reverse, should decompress the problem. Made sense to me so I researched inversion tables.
I started off by looking at the really high priced fitness gear to see what are the important things to look for and then I went looking for those features in a cheaper model. I certainly found it in this one and I thank all the other reviewers for helping me make the decision.
This table is great! Heavy construction, quality materials, ease of assembly. The ankle braces are easy to use and quick to release; the bed is a firm memory foam- most cheaper models are just canvas; mine came with a removeable lumbar support (some said theirs didn't); and full length side handles. While this says you can fold it down for storage I wasn't looking for that. I wouldn't use it if I have to put it together each time. And I don't think this one would fold up easily. Which is good I think, because it's so sturdy this way.
Using it takes a little getting used to. For one thing you have to climb up on the foot rests and it's a little awkward doing it. At first I used the setting for my height and felt like I was falling backward before my shoulders even touched back. That was disorienting. But changing the setting for two inches more than my height, like others have said, gave the backward movement a little more resistance and gave coming back up less resistance. You do have to keep it at a slight rocking motion like the instructions said in order to control the blood flow to your head. Probably the most important thing is to come up very, very slowly. Apparently those back joints move real easy and after you have decompressed the joint, coming back up compresses it again and that can really hurt. So I come up in stages to avoid that, lying flat for a bit.
All in all, I am amazed at how effective inversion tables are and so impressed at the quality of this one. And for such a low price. My doctor is watching my progress because he wants to know if he can suggest this therapy to his other patients.
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